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Old 07-20-2019, 08:23 AM
Location: Maryland
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Originally Posted by Wileykid View Post
I am 58, and could not get up with the legs crossed. Not worried, as I still run 3 miles 4-5 times a week, and also work out with weights. All my life, I have never been comfortable sitting cross-legged. Never have been very flexible.
This is why no single exercise like that is ever going to address every individual. People are built differently and some exercises and movements are much difficult for some than others. As an example, Johnny Carson, who was never a real athletic type, could supposedly do push ups until the cows came home. For me, that has ALWAYS been a difficult exercise, even when I was in peak shape, martial arts and exercise 5 days/week.
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Old 07-20-2019, 09:32 AM
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I can do it at 60, but I had trouble last year, before I started regularly stretching my lower back. that's stiffened up in age. The part I had trouble with was leaning forward enough while seated before pushing off the ground to achieve the standing position. So yep, flexibility is a large part.

Getting older, that's the motivation to get out and run every other day. Use it or lose it, and I want to retain mobility as long as I can and be as independent as possible.

I think it's a good, quick test to give you a heads up on what you *can* work on, if you so desire.
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Old 07-20-2019, 09:37 AM
Location: california
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In my late 40s I was carrying a 70 lb back pack in search and rescue @ 7000 ft elevation and all night long many times . I ran 5 miles every morning before work and that was on boats ,lots of heavy work all day long.
All that wear and tear finally got to me and my back and legs are paying for it.
Though I try and stay active @ 68 years, My back pack is only 40 lbs now and I walk 5 miles in stead of running.
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Old 07-20-2019, 09:55 PM
Location: SW Missouri
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How can you have something like this and not take into account things like prior injuries, etc? In 1983 my cruciate ligament and meniscus were both badly damaged in a motorcycle accident. Since that time, doing maneuvers like those seen in the video are impossible. In fact, laying in bed without pain, sometimes is impossible. I has almost nothing to do with my age.
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Old Today, 06:55 AM
Location: North America
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Another great test is the "Burpee Test"

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